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Ripple Labs Did Create XRP Says Independent Solicitor

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Independent solicitor and law consultant, Preston Byrne, gave his view on the Ripple-XRP ownership debate recently, where he insisted that Ripple Laboratories are the true creators and issuers of XRP.

The post on Byrne’s website was retweeted by Litecoin creator Charlie Lee, and immediately the XRP army arrived en masse to attempt to rebuke the claims. At the same time, onlookers continued to throw the ‘C’ word at XRP fans, as many stuck to their guns that XRP was indeed centralized.

For The Last Time…

Byrne’s post from September 20th starts off on the front foot:

“There has been a meme propagated in recent months by the folks over at Ripple Labs. That meme is that the cryptocurrency token known as “Ripple” or “XRP” has absolutely nothing to do with Ripple Labs the company, that XRP pre-existed Ripple Labs the company and was gifted to it, and that the protocol that runs XRP is totally decentralized, à la Bitcoin.”

Reference is then made to Ripple Labs testimony delivered on May 1st at the British Parliament’s Treasury Select Committee hearing. Ryan Zagone, Ripple Director of Regulatory Relations had this to say during his testimony:

“XRP is open source and it was not created by our company, so that existed as an open source technology. We created a company that was interested in modernizing payments and then began using that open-source tech to do so … We didn’t create XRP… What we do have is we do own a significant amount of XRP, it was gifted to us by some of the open-source developers that created it. But there’s not a direct connection between Ripple the company and XRP.”

He Said, She Said…

At this point, both sides have their arguments and they seem to sticking to them. Why Ripple would want to distance themselves from XRP is a question that Byrne tackles:

“Why Ripple Labs has elected to push this line of reasoning, I cannot say. If I had to venture a guess, I should think that running a company that does not manage or issue a cryptocurrency is far less of a pain in the ass than running one that does.”

This has been the suspicion among XRP critics for some time now. If true, it would mean being able to conveniently sidestep all the regulatory issues that cryptocurrency has been faced with since it became too big not to get noticed. Byrne continues:

“Bolting on a token to one’s commercial offering means introducing into one’s life a panoply of the worst and best elements of the crypto world: community management, troll bot armies on Twitter, Telegram groups, Subreddits, and the like. It also promises the possibility of undertaking some of cryptoland’s most sublime pleasures, including sending some love letters to any or all of the Securities and Exchange Commission, FinCEN and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.”

Where Next?

Well, Ripple Labs is currently dealing with five lawsuits, including two in federal courts. The recent announcement by SEC Chairman Jay Clayton may also have a ‘ripple effect’ on the future outcome between Ripple Labs and the courts, either for good or bad.

To give Ripple and the XRP their due, the outcome is far from certain, and we should refrain from hasty judgement until due process has had its say. Not to mention the fact that XRP recently (briefly) took over second spot from Ethereum on market cap rankings, and surged by 115% in one day. Trade volumes peaked at $5 billion today – twice that of Ethereum and only half a billion off of Bitcoin.

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XRP Price Analysis: Explosive Breakout from Pennant Confirmed; SBI Holdings CEO Bullish on XRP

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  • XRP/USD is enjoying three consecutive sessions of gains, having jumped around 17%.
  • SBI Holdings CEO believes XRP market capitalization will be higher than bitcoin’s.

Ripple’s XRP price has been enjoying a decent move to the north over the past few sessions, as life flows back into the bulls. XRP/USD is currently running at a third consecutive session in the green, having gained around 17% within this period. The explosion of buying pressure came after the price managed to escape a bullish pennant pattern.

XRP/USD: Price Recap

XRP/USD had initially been cooling since the big bull run at the back end of 2018. The price rallied on 24th December up to a high of around $0.4670, before quickly losing upside momentum. It was then forced to trade within the confinements of a descending wedge pattern. XRP lost over 30% in value before it was able to break out from the wedge.

On 8th February a chunky push higher from the bulls was observed, resulting in a breach of the upper acting trend line. XRP/USD jumped around 10% on this day but then eased south to retest the trend line for a few sessions. During the cooling period, price action has formed a pennant structure which saw an eventual big breakout to the upside, as described earlier.

SBI Holdings CEO Bullish on XRP

The SBI Holdings CEO, Yoshitaka Kitao, was recently speaking on XRP and said this year is a significant one for the so-called banker’s cryptocurrency. He believes that the market capitalization of XRP is likely to dwarf bitcoin’s at some point in the future. Kitao has firm belief in the future sucess of XRP and can see it being adopted on a global scale. He was quoted saying:

“Because XRP is already beginning to become international, xRapid will be used for fund transfers in 2019. By increasing the so-called XRP’s plastic use, we anticipate that the XRP market capitalization will easily exceed the market capitalization of bitcoin.”

SBI has many joint ventures set up with Ripple across the blockchain industry; it’s therefore not too surprising to see such comments. The organization will also be launching its very own cryptocurrency exchange called VCTRADE, scheduled for March. Deposits and withdrawals for bitcoin, XRP, and Ethereum (ETH) are already available on the platform.

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart.

Given current upside, eyes must now be on the next likely barriers of resistance for the bulls. A supply area noted from $0.3450 up to $0.3600 is the next target; XRP has not traded comfortably above this region since 10th January. A break above this zone should put the bulls in an excellent position to retest the $0.4000 area. On several occasions, this price territory has caused issues for the bulls in their attempts to push further north. In terms of support, this is seen back down at the psychological $0.3000 mark. If that fails to hold, then there is a demand which runs from $0.3000 down to $0.2500.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Could be in Serious Trouble as Test of Major Support Back in Play

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  • Ripple’s XRP price is seen trading marginally in negative territory towards the latter part of Friday, with XRP/USD heading for a weekly closure in the red.
  • Ripple has announced a newly improved XRP Ledger 1.2.0 for improved censorship resistance.

XRP/USD: Recent Price Behaviour

Ripple’s XRP price continues to cool, running towards is a third consecutive session in the red as the bulls fail to sustain any upside. XRP/USD has dropped more than 5% over the mentioned period, with the bears set to the test the big psychological $0.3000 mark once again. The price had not traded below this area since 8th February, when it received a chunky amount of buying pressure.

Ripple Announces Newly Improved XRP Ledger 1.2.0

Ripple, the San-Francisco-based blockchain startup, released an updated version of its XRP ledger 1.2.0. The update is expected to significantly improve user experience, in addition to expanding upon the range of services within its offering.

Details provided by the Ripple team suggest that this update has seen its resistance to censorship improve. In other words, a single entity will not be able to decide success or fail. No one will have the ability to alter any transaction once added to the ledger.

Moreover, the upgrade has introduced the MultiSignReserve amendment. Ripple has further streamlined the process, reducing the number of barriers for those involved in signing the transactions. The amendment will now allow just a reverse of 5 XRP, in comparison to the prior of between 15-50 XRP.

The blockchain startup has also announced a bounty program, inviting developers to review their updates in the new version. Should any vulnerabilities or errors be detected, Ripple will reward those who communicate such to them.

Users of the ledger should update to the latest version before 27th February 2019. It is critical that users complete the upgrade, as the server will not be able to determine the authenticity of the ledger. Without the upgrade, transactions will not process and cannot be submitted.

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart.

Last week, the XRP/USD bulls managed significant double-digit gains of around 11%, breaking out of a descending wedge pattern formation. The bearish structure had contained price action since the back-end of December 2018. It was forced to drop around 30% while moving within this wedge after such a promising initial recovery started from the middle of December.

In terms of support to the downside, eyes will be on a retest of the upper part of the wedge pattern. It can be seen tracking around the high-mid $0.28000 region. A significant buying area is also in proximity, ranging from $0.3000 to $0.2500; an area that has on several occasions proven to attract decent sized buyers. Any failure of this providing necessary comfort will expose $0.2000 as the next target.

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Breakout Out is Now Retesting Wedge Pattern Formation

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  • UAE Exchange and Unimoni joins the ever-growing list of institutions to leverage Ripple technology.
  • XRP/USD broke out and is now retesting a wedge pattern formation.

Recent Price Behavior

XRP/USD has been cooling of late, with the past three sessions having closed in the red. This comes after the bulls failed to sustain the big chunky upside momentum, which was seen on 8th February. The price had jumped around 10%, where it saw a daily close above a descending wedge formation.

The bears are pushing the price once again towards a large area known to attract big buyers. This can be observed around the $0.3000 mark, tracking right down to $0.2500. As seen on several occasions in 2018, big bull momentum has come into play from these levels.

Ripple Payment Network Adds UAE Exchange and Unimoni

Additional payments institutions will be leveraging Ripple’s blockchain technology, as per the latest announcements. This time the news comes from the United Arab Emirates, where Finablr, a global payments platform and foreign exchange organization, has announced it will be partnering with Ripple.

In a press release on Monday, Finablr detailed that its network brands and UAE exchange Unimoni will be joining RippleNet, where they will leverage blockchain technology to power real-time transactions to Thailand.

Furthermore, the UAE based payments company noted that it is looking to expand on its services to other countries in the future. Other than UAE Exchange and Unimoni, Finablr also owns the likes of Travelex, Xpress Money, Remit2India Ditto and Swych. They will be keen to leverage blockchain technology across some of their services too, according to the company’s announcement.

The Finablr CEO Promoth Manghat commented on the newly released details to use Ripple technology. He said, “The adoption of blockchain opens up considerable potential to streamline remittances and provide a frictionless, fast and secure payments experience.”

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart.

XRP/USD is currently in the state of easing to the south. It is currently playing out to the textbook with the breakout and retest of the wedge pattern formation. If the upper part of the breached wedge is able to hold and withstand the bearish momentum, then a greater wave of buying could be seen.

The upper trend line of the wedge can be observed tracking at the big psychological $0.3000 price mark. This coincides with the big demand area as previously noted, which is seen from $0.3000 down to $0.2500 initially. Should the above-detailed support hold, then the first target area for the bulls will likely be $0.3500.

Looking further to the north, a chunky amount of supply can be seen within the $0.4000 price region. XRP/USD has faltered here on countless occasions, as it is an area that has notoriously plagued the bulls from greater upside. Breaking down this zone is the major key for a reclaim of the big $0.5000 level. The price has not traded up at these heights since 20th November 2018.

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